//UK coronavirus live: test and trace scheme fails to reach thousands of contacts of people testing positive

UK coronavirus live: test and trace scheme fails to reach thousands of contacts of people testing positive

Latest figures show just 72% of close contacts reached; Preston could be latest to face lockdown measures; 50m masks for NHS workers deemed unusable

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11.35am BST

The latest test and trace figures for England show that 72.4% of close contacts of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 were reached in the week ending July 29, down from 76.2% in the previous week.

The figures make disappointing reading at a time when the government is under pressure to improve performance.

11.23am BST

Greater Manchester’s night-time czar has warned pubs and clubs to stop encouraging customers to break lockdown restrictions by socialising with other households, saying the result could be a 5pm curfew as in Aberdeen.

Sacha Lord, who in normal times runs the Warehouse Project and Parklife festivals as well as acting as the night-time economy adviser for Greater Manchester, spoke out after Greater Manchester police revealed they had their busiest weekend for coronavirus-related calls in nine weeks, with reports of more than 750 illegal gatherings last weekend.

Yesterday we saw new restrictions imposed in Aberdeen, placing 5pm curfews on pubs and restaurants across the city and these are the types of stricter regulations we absolutely want to avoid here in Greater Manchester.

It is clearly a very difficult time for everyone involved in the hospitality and leisure industries and the majority of operators are working their hardest to keep people safe.

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Read more: theguardian.com